Media Mogul Conrad Black Leaves Prison

He completes sentence for defrauding investors
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted May 4, 2012 11:09 AM CDT
In this Jan. 13, 2011, file photo, Conrad Black arrives at the federal building in Chicago.   (Charles Rex Arbogast)

(Newser) – Former media mogul Conrad Black was released from a federal prison in Miami early today and faced deportation after serving about three years for defrauding investors. Black, whose empire once included the Chicago Sun-Times, the Daily Telegraph of London, the Jerusalem Post, and small papers across the US and Canada, had returned to prison last September to finish serving his sentence.

US immigration officials said they had custody over Black, who doesn't have American citizenship. Black is facing deportation and could travel to either Canada or Britain. A former member of the British House of Lords, he had been sentenced to more than six years in prison after his 2007 conviction in Chicago, but had then been released on bail two years later to pursue an appeal that was partially successful. A judge reduced his sentence to three years and he returned to prison last September. With time off for good behavior, he has completed his sentence.

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